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Mavis
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25 Gallon Tank Currently Empty
« on: March 04, 2012, 04:33:21 AM »

Hello Everyone,

I'm new here...
Just wanna to ask, currently now that my tank is empty with no fish inside cos my 2 little goldfish had passed away due to Ich (White Spot) and Rot Tail/Fin. What should I do now before getting new goldfish? What should I do now? Should I change all the water inside the tank or should I leave it?

A Million Thank you!  Smiley
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fantailer
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Re: 25 Gallon Tank Currently Empty
« Reply #1 on: March 04, 2012, 05:54:29 AM »

You should get aquarium salt and put it in the tank according to the container. Then let it sit for about a month to cycle and then you can put fish in.
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Mavis
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Re: 25 Gallon Tank Currently Empty
« Reply #2 on: March 04, 2012, 06:06:35 AM »

Hi Fantailer,

Thank you so much for your reply...
So I'll just leave the water inside?
And what about the filter & lighting? Do I switch it on or off?

Thank you so much!  Smiley
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Mearwynna
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Re: 25 Gallon Tank Currently Empty
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2012, 10:15:43 AM »

If your water quality was really bad you can do a 75% water change, then add the salt and let it sit for a while. Ich should die in a week with no host to reproduce with. Add fish food periodically to keep the bacteria digesting wastes. Then before you get new fish you can change water again and get your tank ready. Salt won't hurt the cycle, and fish food will keep it going while their are no fish in it.
Take this time to figure out how your cleaning/water change routine is going to work.
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Skwishee
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Re: 25 Gallon Tank Currently Empty
« Reply #4 on: March 04, 2012, 02:59:17 PM »

Hi Mavis, welcome to the forums and sorry to hear about your loss Sad

If the tank is left without fish, as Mearwynna mentioned it would die without a host. I think the time span varies depending on the part of the cycle the ich is in.

I have also heard ich cannot live out of water, so you could always try drying everything out - but do double check this, as I'm not 100% sure how true this is, or how long things need to be dried out for, having never tried it myself.

Mavis I also found this website that has some information about Ich that you may find useful
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It will probably be a good idea to do a fishless cycle as others have suggested, unless your tank is already cycled?
Do you know what your water parameters are? I.e. Ammonia, Nitrite, Nitrate and PH levels?

Best of luck!
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Mavis
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Re: 25 Gallon Tank Currently Empty
« Reply #5 on: March 05, 2012, 04:42:00 AM »

Hi Mearwynna & Skwishee,

Thank you so much for your reply & links...
I've already done a 50% water change, added salt, chlorine and also some fish food inside. I've also on back my heater & filter.
I'm not too sure of my water parameters... Cos I didn't buy the kit to test.
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Skwishee
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Re: 25 Gallon Tank Currently Empty
« Reply #6 on: March 05, 2012, 05:04:06 AM »

A water test kit would be useful at this point or you could take a water sample to a local store as some offer free testing.
Without testing, you won't be able to know when your tanks completely cycled Smiley

API Freshwater Master Test Kit, is what I personally use, being a liquid test kit, it lasts longer than strip tests Smiley
Plus should there ever be a time, when your fish are acting up or ill, testing the water is the first thing that should be done as often illnesses and un happiness in fish are caused by poor water quality.

May I ask why you added chlorine!? You should be using a water conditioner to remove this from the tap water, not adding it Huh
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Mavis
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Re: 25 Gallon Tank Currently Empty
« Reply #7 on: March 05, 2012, 05:36:58 AM »

Sorry I'm actually adding anti-chlorine in my aquarium.
As for the water parameters test kit maybe I'll go get it first before buying new goldfish.
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Skwishee
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Re: 25 Gallon Tank Currently Empty
« Reply #8 on: March 05, 2012, 10:26:36 AM »

Anti-Chlorine? What brand of water conditioner is that? I've not come across one called that  Smiley

Try and get a liquid test kit if you can, they work out more cost effective than the strip tests.
If you look up on the threads here about cycling, then you can make sure your tank has cycled before adding any new fish and when you do add fish, test the water every 2 days or so, for the first few weeks, just to keep an eye on the parameters in case of any spikes Smiley

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Re: 25 Gallon Tank Currently Empty
« Reply #9 on: March 20, 2012, 11:23:09 AM »

Chlorine can be used to clean aquarium equipment after a fish died, you shouldn't be adding it to the tank, but scrubbing it with it on a sponge.. Wink
Also, whenever my quarantine tank has been used, I empty it completely and wash everything in tap water. Afterwards you can just fill it back up and start cycling it again Smiley It's really not too complicated Wink
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